Ontario Preparing People in London for Jobs

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Ontario is tackling shortages in the skilled trades by supporting pre-apprenticeship projects that will prepare over 100 people in London for good jobs and careers. 

The Ontario government is investing in four London-based training programs for a variety of trades, including baker-pâtissier, construction worker, brick and stone mason and educational assistant. 

Pre-apprenticeship training promotes careers in the trades as an option for all Ontario residents, including youth at risk, new Canadians, women and Indigenous people. The training programs are free, last up to one year and often combine classroom training with an 8-12 week work placement.

Today's funding announcement follows the unveiling of Ontario's new marketing campaign highlighting the skilled trades as a viable career path. The ads, with the slogan 'Find a Career You Wouldn't Trade,' are currently running online, in movie theatres and on Tim Hortons TV.

The government recently announced a $20.8 million investment into pre-apprenticeship programs for 2019-20 to create training opportunities for more than 1,800 people across Ontario. The funding is an increase of $5 million from the previous year. Training is delivered by Ontario colleges, private career colleges, union and non-union training centres and other community organizations. 

Local projects announced today for London include:

  • An investment of $144,000 to help the Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada Local 5 offer 12 participants trades training for valuable careers as brick and stone masons and construction craft workers.
  • An investment of $549,580 to support LiUNA Local 1059 in offering a combination of classroom training and work placements to help prepare 72 participants for jobs in the construction craft worker and cement finisher trades.
  • An investment of $131,135 to help Collège Boréal provide training for 11 people in the London area and help them explore career opportunities as child development practitioners and education assistants in schools and daycares.
  • An investment of $99,888 to help the London Training Centre provide 12 participants with Smart Serve training, trade-readiness training and work placements to prepare them for jobs as cooks, bakers and chefs.